Kitchen Islands And Peninsulas — The Pros And Cons Of Each

Posted on: 20 April 2021

Do you want to add an island to your kitchen during your renovation? This popular choice improves many kitchens, but it's not the only way to add workspace or functionality. Before you assume that an island is the right choice, consider installing a peninsula instead. What are the pros and cons of both kitchen elements? Here's what you need to know while planning your kitchen remodel

Pros and Cons of Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island provides additional workspace when counters are naturally lacking. It also brings workspaces closer together for functionality when they would otherwise be uncomfortably far apart in larger kitchens. With access to all four sides and a nearly unlimited choice as to how it's designed, the island is also a flexible work area that can be tailored to your needs. 

Many homeowners underestimate the amount of square footage needed for an island, though, ending up with something squeezed into too small a space. The island also often interrupts the work triangle — between the stove, refrigerator, and sink — resulting in an inefficient kitchen layout. 

Pros and Cons of Peninsulas

A peninsula — a countertop that juts out from one side of the kitchen — gives an open kitchen more structure and costs roughly the same or a little less than an island. In small kitchens where an island would take too much space, a peninsula can provide you with a similar work area with less intrusion. 

Unlike islands, peninsulas create work or seating areas that aren't directly inside the kitchen. So kids can work at the peninsula or a spouse can plug in their laptop without getting in the way of the cooking, for instance. In modern households where the kitchen is multi-use, this gives more options. 

However, a peninsula is somewhat less flexible than an island because you are limited in where it can be placed. It will also route foot traffic around the peninsula, limiting access to the kitchen and altering its flow. And because access to the end that meets the wall is limited, this corner space can become dead space if not utilized properly. 

Where to Start

Could a peninsula give your new kitchen a better overall look or function? Or would an island provide the efficient work area your larger kitchen needs? The best way to decide is to start by consulting with an experienced kitchen remodeling service in your area. They will work with you to assess your particular kitchen plans, your budget, and your goals to find the best kitchen addition to fit you. Call today to make an appointment.